Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: 'Sheet metal and garbage' everywhere in Haiti MORE's reported comment Thursday referring to Haiti and some African nations as "shithole countries," calling it "insidious racism masquerading poorly as immigration policy."

Blumenthal told MSNBC's Ari Melber that Trump doesn't speak for him when he verbally trashes other countries from the nation's highest office.

"This remark by the president of the United States smacks of blatant racism," Blumenthal said. "The most odious and insidious racism masquerading poorly as immigration policy."

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During an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers on Thursday to discuss immigration, Trump reportedly questioned why the U.S. accepts so many immigrants from "shithole countries" while discussing Haiti, El Salvador and some African countries.

Blumenthal went on to accuse the president of demeaning American values with his reported remarks.

"The president doesn't speak for me as an American," Blumenthal said. "He demeans and betrays American values with these kinds of remarks."

Blumenthal joined a chorus of Democrats and some Republicans in criticizing Trump's remarks Thursday, including Rep. Mia LoveLudmya (Mia) LoveConan to film show in Haiti in response to Trump's 's---hole' comments Haitian-American GOP lawmaker meets with Trump House GOP chair blasts media for saying 's---hole' while reporting on Trump MORE (R-Utah).

Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchKoch groups: Don't renew expired tax breaks in government funding bill Hatch tweets link to 'invisible' glasses after getting spotted removing pair that wasn't there DHS giving ‘active defense’ cyber tools to private sector, secretary says MORE (R-Utah) called for the White House to clarify Trump's remarks.

“I look forward to getting a more detailed explanation regarding the President’s comments. Part of what makes America so special is that we welcome the best and brightest in the world, regardless of their country of origin," Hatch said in a statement from his office.

The White House did not deny the remark in a statement Thursday afternoon in response to The Washington Post's report containing the quote.

“Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people,” White House spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement.